January 12th, 2021 by Illinois State

Illinois State University high impact learning embraced by Jewel-Osco

The ISU Innovation Consulting Community (ICC) is an interdisciplinary project professional development opportunity for ISU students. Participating students consult with a real organization where they must apply collaboration skills and critical thinking to provide recommendations to the client. Each consulting team is staffed with a variety of student majors that are relevant to the project objective and complete a comprehensive report with recommendations for the client…..more

December 23th, 2018 by BizEd

Maximizing the Impact of Student-Run Campus Consultancies


ONE STAPLE AT many of today’s business schools is the student consultancy project, in which cross-disciplinary student teams help real-world businesses solve pressing problems. But finding and coordinating a large number of such extracurricular projects can be a complex logistical challenge, says Jim Jones of the College of Business at Illinois State University in Normal—and it’s equally challenging to find and organize the right students for each job……..more

December 15th, 2017 by Academic Impressions

How did ISU gain insight and direction to develop its extracurricular, interdisciplinary project-based student
professional development experience?

Illinois State University recognized that today:

  • Students need to enter the workforce with the experience and skills to navigate ambiguity and collaborate across disciplines
  • Employers seek increasingly to hire students who are skilled at collaboration, working with cross-disciplinary teams, and solving real-world problems for the industry.

Yet the existing model for connecting students with clients …….more

April 19th, 2017 by Vidette Online

ICC tackles diverse projects, builds skills

With 38 students hailing from 18 different academic disciplines, this past academic year, Illinois State University’s Innovation Consulting Community offered a unique opportunity for students to collaborate, solve real-world problems, and to further distinguish themselves.

Participating students presented at the first annual ICC Symposium held April 7. This year’s projects and corresponding presentations dealt with issues such as autonomous vehicles, electric mobility, creating a digital map of sustainability assets, robotics, social media strategies for a major league baseball team and understanding …….more